Germany: Merkel vows to tackle coronavirus crisis with 'everything that is necessary'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the measures that were enforced by the government against the coronavirus outbreak are proof that the authorities will do «everything that is necessary» to manage the crisis «as well as possible.» Merkel spoke in Berlin on Friday, following a cabinet meeting. «The German Bundestag today passed the short-time work allowance in record time, as did the... Еще Bundesrat. This is a very important measure to support the economy but above all to secure jobs and give employees security in this difficult situation. The Federal Minister of Finance and the Federal Minister of Economics today announced measures that are unique in the history of the Federal Republic, to support companies but above all to help jobs, to provide companies with money, with liquidity, with credit,» said Merkel. «That is why, in the spirit of the social market economy, we, as the Federal Government, will meet with representatives of industry and the trade unions today to discuss the measures we have decided on today and which we have already put in place over the past few days, and also to hear what they need and to what extent they can also make a contribution to getting through this difficult time,» she said. «The Federal Government is, of course, prepared to continue to act in this spirit when new facts and new developments arise. And I would also like to combine this with the wish that the citizens, as they already do to some extent, also show solidarity by keeping their distance from each other,» she said. According to reports, Germany has seen over 3,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and 7 deaths. Restrictions: No access Germany and online media, no access social media and YouTube. Restrictions: No access Germany and online media, no access social media and YouTube.
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